Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
2019-2020 school year – test date:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020 –> CANCELLED

The Minister of Education has CANCELLED all Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments for the 2019-2020 school year and has also waived the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) as a graduation requirement for students who are otherwise able to graduate in the 2019-2020 school year.

Literacy Test (OSSLT) 2020 – Letter to Parents/Guardians and Students –> CANCELLED 
(includes:  schedule for the dayyellow bus schedule, permission slips for grade 11 & 12 students to work at home)

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written by eligible students in Grade 10 and for students in Grade 11 and 12 who have not been previously successful.

Deferrals / Accommodations

  • Students who are enrolled in an ESL program will either be deferred from writing the test this year, or will be able to write with accommodations.
  • Students who have an IEP may write the test with the accommodations (e.g. extra time, preferred seating, use of computers and/or assistive technology) listed in their IEP.
  • Students not working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma are exempt from writing the test.

Further information regarding the OSSLT can be found at Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO).

Any students requiring extra time to complete the OSSLT will be allowed extra time (up to double time) even if they do not have an IEP and even if they are not considered ELL/ESL students.

TENTATIVE – Test & Classes Schedule (for Tues., Mar. 31, 2020)TENTATIVE

  • 8:50 am – warning bell
  • 9:00 am – 12:10 pm – Literacy Test Administration (only students writing the OSSLT are to be at school during this time)
  • 12:10 pm – 12:56 pm – lunch
  • 12:56 pm – 1:03 pm – break
  • 1:03 pm – 2:03 pm – Period 3 or 4 Class for grade 9 & 10 students
  • 1:03 pm – 2:03 pm – Period 3 or 4 Study Hall  OR  Work at Home for grade 11 & 12 students
  • 2:03 pm – 2:10 pm – break
  • 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm – Period 5 Class for grade 9 & 10 students
  • 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm – Period 5 Study Hall  OR  Work at Home for grade 11 & 12 students

TENTATIVE – WCDSB Yellow School Bus Schedule (for Tues., Mar. 31, 2020)TENTATIVE

  • usual morning pickup time – to bring students to St. Mary’s HS
    (only students writing the OSSLT are expected to come to school at the usual morning time)
  • usual after school pickup time – to return students home
  • additional buses are available to pick up students NOT writing the Literacy Test, they will run 4 hours later than the usual morning route times
    (example – if your regular morning pickup time is 7:30 am, then the additional bus will come at 11:30 am )

After School Help

  • Begins semester 2 – start date – Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Mondays & Wednesdays3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Room 233 (Student Success Room, next to the Guidance Office)
  • Tips, hints and strategies for writing opinion pieces, news reports and other aspects of the OSSLT.
  • Teachers – Mrs. K. Drummond, Mr. T. Paolo

Preparing / Practicing for the OSSLT


St. Mary’s HS – Practice Test  Tuesday, November 26th, 2019  during period 1


TENTATIVE – St. Mary’s HS – Literacy Test Preparation Week – Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27, 2020 – TENTATIVE



St. Mary’s HS – Printable PDF Files – to help you prepare for the OSSLT



EQAO – Past Released OSSLT Questions, Answers, & Scoring Rubrics



Websites – to help you prepare for the OSSLT



YouTube Videos – presentations with reading and writing strategies for the OSSLT



Slideshows / PowerPoint Presentations  – to help you prepare for the OSSLT